Olympic Torch Crosses Irish Border – embrace and kiss

Olympic Torch - kiss from north to south

The Olympic Torch crossed from Northern Ireland to the Republic on a historic visit to Dublin on day 19 of the relay.  It arrived there as a symbol of the peace process. The Irish capital is the only city outside the UK to receive the flame after special permission was granted for the torch to leave the jurisdiction of the host country.

Olympic Torch

The torch relay for the Olympics lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations. About 8,000 people carried the torch a total distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 km), starting from Lands End in Cornwall.  A wide range of people carried the torch around the country, mostly sports men and women, military figures and other local heroes from towns and cities across the nation. A number of celebrities also held the flame on its journey, including Dr Who star Matt Smith.

The Irish border connection was welcomed by those living in the area.  Many gave the torch bearers a massive welcome.  Among the champions were pop singers Jedward. The twins were a vibrant part of the ceremony as their popularity was at its height making them a delight to watch as they ran crazily down the street with the Olympic light

video courtesy LOCOG